During a recent critique group meeting, several of us gathered early to congratulate a member's newly-published novel. One member, an older gentleman, examined the book and congratulated the author.
“Seems like everyone has something published except me,” he said, passing the book to the next member. “Makes me feel like a third wheel on a couples date.” He smiled, but I could hear the longing in his voice. I thought of my early days of writing when I desperately wanted to say I was an author.
Another member suggested he try short stories. He thought about it and asked for submission suggestions. And that presented a problem.
An anthology? Good idea. Some writers associations publish a yearly anthology, but they only accept submissions from their members.
Magazines used to be great avenues for writers, but today, with only a few accepting fiction, the opportunity is greatly reduced. Many writers clubs across the county have their own eMagazines, but again, they accept submissions only from their members. And they’re funded by dues.
Could i establish an avenue where writers could submit their stories and articles? An eMagazine open to writers across the country? I wasn’t wealthy, so how could I fund the magazine? A business loan could dictate operational approval, but I wanted the freedom to accept stories I, and the other members of the team, felt readers would enjoy.
I loved the idea, so I went to work. What to name the magazine? Before I learned to read, my grandfather told stories about his native France, of brave knights fighting their way to victory through conflict and struggles. Wasn’t that what I was doing? And didn’t every writer who sent a story to be considered with any publication, struggle with agonizing inner conflict?
Thus, I filed papers and began work on THE KNIGHT WRITERS MAGAZINE.
I asked another member and excellent copy editor, Judi Ring, if she’d like to join the venture. Happily, she and Victoria Howard, a UK author who evaluates an author’s first three chapters, readily accepted.
So download the guidelines and polish your stories, pay the low submission fee, and send your submissions. We’re ready and eager to read them.
Editor in Chief
"Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself."